Be it white water rafting of the more turbulent rivers or just rafting with milder rapids for the noobs, this adventure sport has taken over thrill seekers and how! We’ve also jumped onto this wagon, or rather this raft, and thoroughly love ourselves some exhilaration in navigating the waters. That said, neither our jobs nor our currently humble finances {What? It’s sale season.} allow us to troop to the Himalayan region for this over and over again. So, we looked closer home and found plenty of water action in good old Karnataka! And the best time in now when the monsoon ensures the rivers are full and with rapids. No wonder our tourism tagline is ‘One state. Many Worlds’. Life vest on? Ready? Off we go.

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The river Cauvery gathers plenty of force here to give you’re a great rafting experience. But don’t worry about it being scary. There’s a lot of flat grounds to give you less rapid. In fact, you can even hop off the raft for a quick dip in the water. When the monsoon hits, in full glory though, be careful. Rapids go up a notch or so to Grade 3 and can be quite a thrilling affair.

Distance: 120 kms

Drive time: 3 hours

Find out more about rafting at Bheemeshwari here.


river rafting in kondaji

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Just a short way from Davangere, this course is not really for the rapids but for the lovely views. Though there’s enough turbulence on the surface of the waters to give you an adrenalin rush, cruising through lush green forests, watching exotic birds on the banks is quite a treat too.

Distance: 260 kms

Drive time: 5 hours

Find out more about rafting at Kondaji here.


Looking for some serious rapids even going up to grade 4 and 5? You’ve got to go to Agumbe then! Unpredictable current, an ever changing course and very vociferous during the monsoons,  river Sita is a real treat for adrenalin junkies. July to August is the best time to go as the rains will make sure you have terrific levels of water, enough to intimidate even – after all its known to get the highest rainfall.

Distance: 350 kms

Drive time: 7 hours

Find out more about rafting at Agumbe here.


river rafting in dandeli

Photo by: Sarangi B

Best to hit up this place in the mornings, more so during the rainy season. And that means now! Licking off at Ganeshgudi you’ll start of cool as a cucumber and end up screaming as the quiet waters turn wild! Graded at about 3 for the most part, expect the unexpected as there’s sudden dips and sharp slopes on the river bed. And that can only mean one thing – stellar rapids! About 9.5 kilometres, the route means business but unfortunately it’s very dependent on the rains.

Distance: 460 kilometres {It’s only 2.5 hours from Goa’s Dabolim Airport thought}

Drive time: 8 hours

Find out more about rafting at Dandeli here.


Kodavas are known to be particular about things and they’re apply that to rafting too. The sports is divided into two – still water and white water rafting. They’ve even made it easier by splitting the zone into Dubare river if you’re in the north of the county {that is Madikeri, Kushalnagar, Somwarpet, Suntikoppa, } and the Barapole River for those holidaying in the south of the region {including Kutta, Gonicoppa, Ammathi, Ponnampet, Virajpet}. While still water rafting is almost therapeutic thanks to the calm river, when the clouds burst, water levels rise and rapids are in full swing, it’s a whole different and exciting ride.

Distance: 260 kms

Drive time: 5.5 hours

Find out more about rafting in Coorg here.


Set sail {so to speak} on the marginally menacing river Sharavathi River. Seems familiar? That’s because it is the river that forms the famous Jog Falls. Weaving through forests, grasslands and even gentle backwaters, there’s ample opportunity to take adrenalin levels up. Islands are part of the river which automatically means the waters can get a bit rough in parts. Life vest on. Helmet check. Now row!

Distance: 400 kms

Drive time: 7.5 hours

Find out more about rafting with here.


Oh! So you thought you can only be a beach bum in Gokarna? No, Siree! Marvellous if you’re looking for some excitement on a quick getaway, the river Kali, like the goddess it is named after, is wild, powerful and rather unpredictable. With rock formations, oodles of uneven terrain and thunderous waters rushing through gorges, you’re up for one solid adventure when you bob down this river! Close enough to Dandeli, you can make it a two-nighter for maximum effect.

Distance: 460 kilometres

Drive time: 8 hours

Find out more about rafting in Gokarna here.

Featured image via: Jungle Lodges (Gokarna)


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